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Surveying plants in remote BC parks

Submitted by Rachel Stern on October 18, 2023 - 9:47am

Emma Peterson and Lizzy Schafers visited remote BC parks this summer to count and catalogue plants. Their work was part of a biodiversity survey research project overseen by Dr. Jasmine Janes, a VIU Biology Professor.

The summer research experience allowed both students to gain hands-on skills outside a classroom setting. For Lizzy, a Bachelor of Science student majoring in Biology, the experience reinforced her plans to go to grad school and study botany. 

Gaining real-world experiences in the publishing world

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on October 12, 2023 - 3:55pm

A new collection of academic essays published by VIU’s Liberal Studies program examines issues of morality, love and death. 

The Compass Rose: Explorations in Thought is an online collection of essays written by undergrad students at VIU and at other institutions. 

It’s a joint project between the Liberal Studies Department and the Alexandro Malaspina Research Centre. The goal is to help students gain real-world work experience that relates to what they learn in class.

Make mental health a priority

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on October 9, 2023 - 9:29pm

Now that we’re well into the term and back into the study routine, I wanted to take a moment to talk about mental health. While this time is exciting and busy, it can also get overwhelming and stressful. Balancing school with work, extra-curricular activities, a social life and other commitments is not easy. In honour of World Mental Health Day (October 10) and World Mental Health Month, I’m here to remind you to take some time for yourself.

Battling the muggy and buggy in rental housing

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on October 9, 2023 - 10:38am

If you’ve moved into new rental housing this fall, chances are everything is working out fine. For some of us, however, the maintenance and condition of the property may be becoming an issue. Household pests could also be, well, a pest. A recent Academica survey reveals that 8 per cent of student renters were dissatisfied with property maintenance and 6 per cent complained of cleanliness or pest-related issues.

My summer internship in Bali

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on October 3, 2023 - 7:45pm

I spent three months in Bali this summer interning with a non-profit organization called Yayasan Peduli Kemannusian (YPK). It’s an organization that focuses on helping people with disabilities become more independent through physical rehabilitation. Located in the city of Denpasar, YPK also offers a mobile clinic program to assist clients that live in rural areas.

My summer internship in New Zealand

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on October 3, 2023 - 7:35pm

I arrived in Nelson, New Zealand at the end of June, eager and excited for my internship to begin at the Brook Waimarama Ecosanctuary. For the first time, I was combining my passions for community development and the Earth. When I was searching for internship placements, stumbling upon “the Brook” was a complete accident. I now know I couldn’t have picked a better placement for what I was hoping to both give and get out of this internship.

About the Brook

To understand what the Brook is all about, you first need to understand a bit about the ecology of New Zealand.